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New Pacific Health Action Plan underway


15 July 2019


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Hon Minister Jenny Salesa with SouthSeas staff.

The Government recently announced that work is underway on a new Pacific Health Action Plan.

“This is an important step towards improving the health and wellbeing of all Pacific people in New Zealand, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa.

“I’ve asked officials at the Ministry of Health to develop the new plan and make sure it looks at all the key aspects of improving Pacific health outcomes.”

Pacific peoples are under-represented in the health and disability workforce.

“Ultimately, as Associate Minister of Health, my goal is simple; to see our people’s health and wellbeing flourish. I also want to see officials working across the sector and across different government agencies to see what else is needed to improve the health of Pacific peoples. That could mean a renewed focus on health through broader social and economic factors outside the health system, such as housing and education.”

The Government invested $12 million in this year’s Wellbeing Budget to tackle rheumatic fever.

Budget 2019 also included $14.3 million for a strengthened Pacific health workforce, $9.8 million to develop innovative Pacific community health initiatives, and significant investments into mental health and suicide prevention specifically targeted to Pacific peoples.

The new Pacific Health Action Plan will replace the earlier ’Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing, which ran between 2014–2018.

“The Ministry’s evaluation of ‘Ala Mo’ui, published earlier this year, shows that while there have been some gains towards the improvement of Pacific peoples’ health, we all need to work harder and do a lot more if we are to achieve real gains and equity for all Pacific peoples.”

“As part of the development process, the Ministry of Health will be holding a series of engagement forums to provide opportunities for the sector and community to have their say and contribute to the plan. For those who can’t make the forums, they’ll also be able to provide feedback online, by phone or post.”

“This is a unique opportunity for our people to shape this new plan. I encourage Pacific peoples to have their say and help us make the changes we want to see,” Minister Salesa says.

SouthSeas Healthcare is looking forward to seeing what the plan provides for health organisations, especially Pacific health providers that can positively influence the pathways for Pacific peoples within the health and disability workforce.

We are looking forward to the new plan and its implementation.

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